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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Republicans gain a seat in three governor's races this November, they will add to a spate of GOP upsets in the South.Last year, Republicans unseated Democratic governors in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia just two years after President Bush won all three states handily in the 2000 election. This year, the GOP is hoping to defeat Democrats in Kentucky and Mississippi while holding onto their seat in Louisiana.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) Congress is still negotiating a major Medicare prescription drug bill, but it looks like the Health Savings Account may be one item that's a keeper. Free market critics of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act warn, however, that it won't be enough to win their support for the new $400 billion drug benefit.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Election Day 2003, voters in a number of cities and counties will decide questions related to public education funding and tax increases."Everybody is looking for money somewhere," said Jacqueline Byers, director of research for the National Association of Counties, who pointed to homeland security costs and funding cuts from state legislatures as factors driving the scramble for money.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - GOP wins in Tuesday's Kentucky and Mississippi governor's races put added pressure on Democrats to show viability in the South, with all eyes on Louisiana's Nov. 16 runoff and, looking ahead, next year's presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The president?s party historically loses House seats in a mid-term election, and this year the economy is in a slump, to boot. So Election Day should mean gains for the Democrats, right? Maybe not, say political analysts, who believe Republicans appear to be defying tradition..
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Should President Bush reverse his decision to ban federal funds for embryonic research? A prominent member of the president's party thinks so.Citing ethical concerns about performing medical research on human embryos, President Bush decided in 2001 that federal tax dollars would not be used to fund embryonic stem cell research, except on existing cell lines.But Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) is hoping to find a way around that, either by persuading the president to soften his position or through legislation to change the status quo.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Obstetrician W. David Hager Tuesday said his opposition to the abortion drug RU-486 is based on safety considerations and inadequate testing, not his position on abortion.The Christian physician is under consideration by the Bush administration to head the Food and Drug Administration's Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee and has been the subject of controversy among liberals who oppose his nomination.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Bush administration Friday offered a nuanced change to Title IX, the controversial 1972 law banning sex discrimination at schools that accept any federal dollars.A new Department of Education letter states that absolute proportionality between men's and women's sports isn't the only way to offer athletic opportunities to women. The letter establishes equal standing for a long-standing three-prong test that colleges can use in determining whether they are complying with federal law.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As Wall Street rallied at the prospect of an expected Bush tax-cut proposal and as some economists forecast an economic upturn, liberal economists and policy analysts are urging congressional Democrats to aggressively promote a plan that gives more tax breaks to states and to poor and middle-class Americans.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush gave a rainy Labor Day address to a crowd of workers in Richfield, Ohio, a key 2004 battleground state. The president stressed steps the administration has taken to improve the economy and promote job creation.The nation''s unemployment rate is at a 9-year high at 6.2 percent (9.3 million Americans).The president credited his tax cut packages for making the recession shallow, as American consumers spent and invested their tax savings.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats are already balking at President Bush's new retirement savings proposal, saying the plan will drive up future deficits without actually helping workers save for retirement. And it's winning only faint praise from the Republicans' point man on pension reform, Ohio Rep. Rob Portman.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - When the Senate reconvenes in September, Democratic leaders hope to pass a bill forcing insurers to offer equal in-network coverage for mental health care, but critics warn federal mandates won't improve mental health care.Congress already passed a health care parity law back in 1996 that prohibited health insurers who offer coverage for mental illnesses from setting different annual and lifetime benefits for those illnesses than they do for physical illnesses.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Medicare prescription drug bill is coming down to the wire in a congressional conference committee, which is now laboring against a Friday deadline. But Sue Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom, fears that conferees aren't giving enough attention to unintended consequences, such as seniors losing existing drug coverage or sacrificing health care privacy.The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has projected that about one out of every three seniors who have employer-provided coverage will lose it.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(1st Add: Reactions from several non-governmental organizations have been included.)(CNSNews.com) - After failing to overcome an historic Democratic filibuster of a presidential judicial nominee, Senate Republicans say they'll hold repeated cloture votes until Democrats relent to an up-or-down vote on the nomination."I will stand by Miguel Estrada's side until he is sworn in as a judge," said President Bush in a written statement following the morning vote.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Political watchers are questioning the motives of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) after he took to the Senate floor Wednesday to accuse President Bush of politicizing a possible war with Iraq. Daschle took the president to task for a Tuesday speech that concerned not Iraq but the on-going White House fight with the Senate over the bill to create a new Department of Homeland Security. The battle is over whether workers in the new agency will be employed "at will" or, like many federal workers, be subject to union collective bargaining.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - War may be hell, but for Congress, war can also mean new opportunities to load the federal budget with pork.The group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has come up with prime examples - $350,000 for sweet potato research in Stoneville, Miss., $631,000 for alternative salmon products in Alaska, $4,214,000 for shrimp aquaculture research spread across several states - that it says are part of a record amount of federal tax dollars being spent on congressional pork.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Should drug companies be limited in the way they advertise the health benefits of certain foods, dietary supplements and prescription drugs? After a string of adverse court decisions favoring free speech, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is re-considering those restrictions.The outcome is likely to rile either those who favor free speech and consumer choice or proponents of strong government regulation designed to protect unwitting consumers.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Even with his presidential aspirations, North Carolina Democrat John Edwards might find himself on tricky turf in his home state should he choose to seek re-election to his Senate seat in 2004.Despite the fact that Edwards won his first Senate race in 1998 with 51 percent of the vote, just a third of North Carolinians now say they'd vote for him.Another third said they'd consider voting for another candidate. And the remaining third said they'd vote to replace him.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Cato Institute legal scholars are crafting a legal strategy for challenging District of Columbia laws on Second Amendment grounds. The city's gun ban is among the most restrictive in the nation.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Many Americans still depend on old-fashioned pensions for retirement income, but too many pension plans aren't adequately funded, due to corporate bankruptcies, poor stock market performance and, some argue, questionable spending priorities.That, along with a December regulatory deadline, has the White House and Congress scrambling to change the way pension plans are regulated.